Tonight we bring you an AC 360° Special Report, "In Katrina's Wake: Building Up America." Anderson is back in New Orleans with the fifth anniversary of the storm just days away. He's reporting live from the Musicians' Village in the city's Upper Ninth Ward, which provides local musicians, and others who qualify, a new place to call home. There are 82 single-homes and duplexes in the area. The idea came from famed musicians Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis.
Anderson talked with Connick and Branford's father, Ellis, about the resurging music scene in New Orleans. We'll have that interview for you. They also discussed the centerpiece of the village: the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, which will help develop the city's future musicians. Today during a celebration workmen attached a fleur de lis to the roof of the center. As you'd likely suspect, there was a lot of music played during the event. We'll have that video for you, as well.
Five year after Katrina, you'll also hear from Michael Brown, who was the head of FEMA when the storm hit. Four days into the disaster, President Bush infamously told him, "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job." But at the time New Orleans and much of the Gulf were in ruins. More than 1,700 people were killed in the storm, and the survivors were wondering why the government was taking so long to help those in need. Days after Pres. Bush's feedback Brown resigned.
Brown is back in New Orleans trying to clear his name. He brought his radio show to the city this week. We caught up with him. Hear what he has to say about his disgraced image and what he would have done differently after Katrina hit.
See you at 10 p.m. eastern for these stories and much more.
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